Dr. Teri Thompson’s primary research interests focus upon health communication and gender and communication. For the last few years, she has been examining messages that impact organ donation preferences. However, other areas of interest have included ethics in health communication and coping with bereavement.
Her research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, such as Human Communication Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Social Science and Medicine. However, she has also been more widely read through publications in sources like The Wall Street Journal and Glamour, as well as having her work mentioned on the Tonight Show.
The impact of Teri’s scholarship in our discipline would be hard to overstate. In addition to eight books and monographs and approximately 70 scholarly articles and chapters, she has also served as editor of Health Communication for over 25 years. She has been honored by the National Communication Association for her contributions to the field of health communication. Teri has also contributed to UD with outstanding teaching and service. In 2002 she was recognized with UD’s highest award in teaching, the Alumni Award in Teaching. She was the Scholar of the Year for both NCA and ICA in 2009, and in that same year the first edition of the Health Communication Handbook, for which she is the senior editor, was awarded the NCA/ICA Book of the Year Award. In 2012 she was named the Scholar of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences at UD. She is currently editing a 3 volume, 600 entry Encyclopedia of Health Communication.